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Operation Stackola

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The Luniz 7/4/1995

Review

The Luniz's Operation Stackola is the group's most accomplished and best-selling LP. Featuring the Oakland-based duo's only major hit, "I Got Five on It," the album drew attention and admiration from other hip-hop artists, but never crossed over into the pop mainstream. The woofer-shaking bassline and eerie bell-like keyboards of "I Got Five on It" made it a hip-hop anthem of the mid-'90s. Since that time, it's been the subject of dozens of covers, the first of which was a reprise on Operation Stackola itself. Nothing else on the album quite lives up to the promise of that hit track, but a number of tracks reveal the group's songwriting potential. Few songs exceed 100 beats per minute, as is true to the Luniz's laid-back, West Coast roots. "Playa Hata" intertwines their drug-laced, gangster trash talking with a soulful R&B feel. The chorus of "Pimps, Playas, and Hustlers" (noticing a trend?) takes a page out of Cypress Hill's nasally vocal repertoire. And the title track starts off with a reggae speed rap, à la Shaggy or Shabba Ranks. There's plenty of filler, but it's still loaded with enough juice to keep the head noddin' for a good half-hour. ~ Kieran McCarthy
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Intro The Luniz 0:51
  3. 2 Put the Lead on Ya The Luniz 5:25
  4. 3 I Got 5 on It The Luniz 4:12
  5. 4 Broke Hos The Luniz 4:11
  6. 5 Pimps, Playas & Hustlas The Luniz 5:2
  7. 6 Playa Hata The Luniz 4:29
  8. 7 Broke Niggaz The Luniz 5:16
  9. 8 Operation Stackola The Luniz 4:35
  10. 9 5150 The Luniz 4:0
  11. 10 900 Blame a Nigga The Luniz 4:17
  12. 11 Yellow Brick Road The Luniz 5:34
  13. 12 So Much Drama The Luniz 5:12
  14. 13 She's Just a Freak The Luniz 4:11
  15. 14 Plead Guilty The Luniz 4:24
  16. 15 I Got 5 on It (Reprise) The Luniz 5:7
  17. 16 Outro The Luniz 0:31

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